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How to set device limits without confiscating your kid’s phone

 

Screen time is arguably the hottest parenting topic of the past 20 years. A pandemic that closed schools and caused kids to be home at all times forced the topic into the spotlight even further.

It’s natural for parents to freak out every time a new study about children and devices comes out, but here’s our advice: Don’t. The evidence between screen time and cognitive or behavior development isn’t super strong. Plus, parents cannot blame themselves for handing a kid a tablet when it’s time for a Zoom meeting, dinner prep, or a nap, especially when it’s high-quality content like an educational show. Read more…

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Qustodio

From Instagram and YouTube monitoring to a panic button for kids away from home, Qustodio covers just about everything.

  • Free version: Yes
  • Five devices: $ 54.95/year
  • 10 devices: $ 96.95/year
  • 15 devices: $ 137.95/month

 

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BEST FOR LARGE FAMILIES

Kaspersky Safe Kids

Parents juggling multiple schedules will like how Kaspersky keeps close tabs on kids away from home.

  • Free version: Yes
  • Unlimited devices with Premium: $ 14.99/month

 

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BEST COMBO WITH ANTIVIRUS

Norton 360 Deluxe

Get webcam protection, malware threat alerts, and reliable parental controls in Norton’s sweet package deal.

  • Norton Family Premier (without antivirus): $ 49.99/month
  • Five devices with Norton 360 Delxue: $ 99.99/year

 

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BEST FOR IPHONES

Net Nanny

Net Nanny/Zift is a rare Apple-friendly choice and one of the most approachable apps on the kid’s end.

  • One desktop: $ 39.99/year
  • Five devices: $ 54.99/year
  • 20 devices: $ 89.99/year

 

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BEST FOR CHROMEBOOKS

Circle with Disney

Instead of downloading software, Circle is a WiFi-based monitoring solution with a well-designed app.

  • Free version: Yes
  • Circle subscription: $ 9.99/month
  • Circle Home Plus (hardware device): $ 129

 

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BUDGET PICK

Mobicip

If you can deal with a few quirks, Mobicip has decently customizable web settings at competitive pricing.

  • Free version: No
  • Five devices: $ 4.15/month
  • 10 devices: $ 7.50/month
  • 15 devices: $ 10.41/month

 


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